New Delhi (NVI: The Union Cabinet today condoled the demise of Minister of State for Railways, Suresh C Angadi, who passed away yesterday after battling with COVID-19.
Angadi is the first Union Minister to succumb to the deadly virus. He tested positive for the coronavirus on September 11.
Cabinet observed a two-minute silence in honour of Angadi, and passed a resolution expressing grief over his demise.
“The Cabinet expresses profound sorrow at the sad demise of Suresh C Angadi, Union Minister of State for Railways on September 23, at New Delhi. In his passing away, the nation has lost an eminent leader, an educationist, a distinguished parliamentarian and an able administrator,” a statement from the Union Cabinet read.
Born on June 1, 1955 at KK Koppa village in Belagavi District of Karnataka, Angadi completed his graduation from S.S.S. Samithi College, Belagavi and thereafter obtained a degree in Law from Raja Lakhamgouda law College, Belagavi, the statement stated.
A member of Bhartiya Janata Party, Angadi became Vice- President of a Party’s Belagavi District unit in 1996. He was nominated as President of the same unit in 2001 and continued to hold that post until he was nominated as Party’s candidate for the Belagavi Lok Sabha Constituency in 2004.
He became a member of the 14th Lok Sabha by a large margin and was re-elected to the Lok Sabha from Belagavi in 2009, 2014 and 2019. Later in May, 2019, Angadi became Minister of State for Railways, the statement said.
“The Cabinet extends its heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the government and the entire nation,” it added.